Razer Blade Pro Full HD makes style and power attainable by mortals

If you've looked at—or even fantasized about—picking up a desktop-replacement-style laptop lately, chances are your eyes have passed over the sleek hull of the Razer Blade Pro. Then, you saw the $4,000-plus price tag. Razer's newest laptop is looking to inspire the same desire without the associated sticker shock. The Razer Blade Pro Full HD looks like its big brother, but packs more reasonable internals and hurts a lot less at checkout.

In more than a few ways, the Full HD version of the Blade Pro is a sort of mid-point between the 4K Blade Pro and the smaller Blade 14. As the name indicates, the Blade Pro Full HD drops its bigger brother's 4K screen with G-Sync support in favor of a 1920×1080 IPS panel with a 120 Hz refresh rate. The GTX 1080 GPU present in the 4K Blade Pro has likewise been cut down to a sensible GTX 1060 with 6 GB of RAM. Meanwhile, the CPU is the same Intel Core i7-7700HQ found in the Blade 14. Finally, the Blade Pro Full HD drops its more expensive sibling's low-profile mechanical keyboard for a presumably more traditional scissor switch or similar arrangement.

On the memory and storage sides, the Full HD version offers something neither the 4K Blade Pro nor the Blade 14 apparently have: a measure of expandability. The laptop ships with 16 GB of RAM spread across two 8 GB DIMMs clocked at 2400 MT/s. Storage comes by way of a combo setup with a 256 GB NVMe SSD and a 2 TB mechanical drive in the base configuration. Razer says that both memory and storage are expandable.

The laptop sports the same chassis as the 4K version, but it's a full pound lighter at 6.8 lbs (3.1 kg). The battery capacity has been reduced to 70 Wh, still a respectable figure. As for the port loadout, you'll find three USB 3.0 connectors, a USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt 3 support, an HDMI 2.0 output, an SDXC card reader, and an Ethernet jack. Networking duties are once again handled by a Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet controller and a Killer Wireless-AC 1535 adapter with 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.1 support.

The Razer Blade Pro Full HD with 16 GB of RAM, a 256 GB SSD, and a 2 TB hard drive rings in at $2300—less than 60% of the cost of the 4K edition. Razer says the machine will be available sometime in Q4 2017.

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    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    Personally I’m the kind of guy who’ll split that $2,300 between a $1,500 desktop gaming rig and an $800 laptop. I won’t die if I can’t play LoL at Starbucks.

    The Future is Fission.

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 2 years ago

    Seems like an oxymoron, but that Razer laptop–even the “cut-down one”–is overpriced.

    • Kretschmer
    • 2 years ago

    1080P should be consider the sane choice instead of the “value” choice in laptops. Scaling issues with 3K and 4K resolution persist, and the high-rez panel choices murder your battery life. Given a 13, 14, or 15-inch screen size and gaming focus, lower resolution with a higher refresh rate should always be the default.

      • Chrispy_
      • 2 years ago

      Aye, the stupid push for high-ppi laptop panels is irritating:

      1080p at even 17.3 inches is already higher than the recommended 96dpi for Windows/Linux. You can get away with it on a laptop at least because you tend to sit closer to them. As for 3K and 4K screens on a laptop, they offer nothing but grief with their scaling issues and battery drain.

      Even Steve Jobs said that there’s no point going beyond “retina” PPI which is ~300ppi per 10-12″ of viewing distance. At the typical 18″ viewing distance of a laptop, the “retina” point is around 200ppi and 1080p on a 13″ laptop is practically there already. Nobody needs 4K on anything smaller than a 27″ monitor, and even then – they need to be prepared to either squint or live with the blurry mess of bilinear-filtered dpi scaling hell.

      • DavidC1
      • 2 years ago

      I think the screen manufacturer wants people to keep buying them, but increasing amount of people already have 1080P screens. By pushing 4K screens they offer an incentive to push the stack up, or at least keep their ASPs the same.

      It must be a very hard place to be in. 4K isn’t an upgrade as the 1080p screens were. While 360/480 screens are bad enough you justified and upgrade to 1080p despite the decrease in battery life, 4K may not be as clear cut of an improvement.

      Plus, 1080p screen laptops have good battery life already. The system vendors have worked for years on improving battery life for 1080p devices.

    • kurazarrh
    • 2 years ago

    Too bad their cooling solution still sucks. Hot air gets vented out the central area in the back, which is then deflected upward by the bottom edge of the screen. The result is that hot air gets blown onto your screen and the bezel area above the keyboard… which, since it’s where all the hot action occurs in the first place, it just serves to heat it up faster. There are way better things to do with $2300.

    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    That spec would set you back ~$1100 from any of the Clevo resellers (Sager, Eurocom, Medion etc) so there’s a $1200 surcharge for the G-Sync and Razer added value.

    I’d pay a bit more for the svelte design of the razer, as for G-Sync at 1080p? I’m not sure that’s worth the tax when this thing is going to be getting triple-digit FPS results with fastsync instead.

    Price this thing at $1600 and we’ll talk.

    • tsk
    • 2 years ago

    Dear techreport, please start putting specs in tables.

    Sincerly yours,

    Gerbils

      • ImSpartacus
      • 2 years ago

      No kidding. Tables 4 lyfe.

      • ronch
      • 2 years ago

      You should try reading a PC Magazine online review of a CPU or something. No graphs, just lengthy paragraphs describing the benches!

      Good grief what a bunch of fuddy duddies.

    • Waco
    • 2 years ago

    Drop the stupid storage setup, drop some of the “add in bonus networking”, and add in a reasonable CPU…and it’d be $1400 and somewhat worth the cost.

      • DavidC1
      • 2 years ago

      I’m assuming you want:

      512GB SSD

      And maybe 7800/7900 series Kabylake quad cores?

      They both raise the price for the manufacturer significantly. Having an Intel Gigabit ethernet and their Wireless AC might save a few bucks. And you want them to cut the price by $900.

      I think, that’s what Razer do not want to do, and its a deliberate business decision. Whether it’s a success for them I do not know. But they are hoping their Brand and perceived quality will persuade people to buy one.

        • Waco
        • 2 years ago

        That’s way more than what I’d want. 🙂

        256 GB SSD, Skylake dual+HT, 8 GB RAM. The GPU is the most important part for mobile gaming IMO.

          • DavidC1
          • 2 years ago

          Ok, I guess that makes a little more sense.

          Still the pricing is likely due to Razer choosing it to do it that way. I know either on their first or second generation device they said they were still losing money per device. Not sure if they are still losing money now. That was despite the very expensive pricing for the early ones.

          2TB HDD, you are talking $70. The dual cores are the premium chips for Ultrabook class devices so its debatable how much you’ll save there. 8GB RAM isn’t that expensive either.

            • Waco
            • 2 years ago

            2 TB HDD in a laptop is more than $70, especially given space constraints.

            A dual core / quad thread chip is absolutely cheaper than a quad core chip especially in notebook form factor.

            8 GB of ram is a lot less expensive than the 16 GB base offered in this config.

            All of these add up to a Razer Blade that isn’t insanely expensive, yet is still perfectly capable of gaming.

    • Laykun
    • 2 years ago

    Considering the hardware it gets you $2300 is still incredibly expensive.

      • Pville_Piper
      • 2 years ago

      Yes, I’m so glad it’s”affordable”…

        • ronch
        • 2 years ago

        Sure it’s incredibly affordable… for that lady who just won the biggest Powerball jackpot ever.

      • Neutronbeam
      • 2 years ago

      Yep, right in the sweet spot between “not even close to reasonable” and “extortionist”.

      • ImSpartacus
      • 2 years ago

      If you’re looking for a good deal on a Razer laptop, then you’re doing it wrong.

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